Sam Allardyce filmed advising 'businessmen' on how to bypass FA transfer rules

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Sam Allardyce is in hot water after an undercover report exposed him advising agents, positing as businessmen, how to bypass FA rules on player transfers.

The England head coach met with reporters from the Telegraph, who were posing as investors hoping to profit from the Premier League’s billion-pound transfer market, before he had even held his first training session with his England players.

Allardyce, 61, negotiated a £400,000 deal with the fictitious businessmen in which he explained how to get around rules introduced by the FA in 2008 over third-party ownership.

He met with the group on two separate occasions, over the course of four hours, in which he also mocked his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, and said England’s players need to overcome a “psychological barrier”.

The undercover report will come as a blow to the FA, who only appointed Allardyce in July. He accused his employers of being about “making money”, and said the FA’s rules over transfers are “ridiculous”.


Sam Allardyce’s agent: Is that third party ownership a problem though?

Allardyce: It’s not a problem.

Undercover reporter: Yeah well I mean there are, there are ways -

Allardyce: It’s not a problem.

Undercover reporter: There are ways around that as I understand it, or ways through that.

Allardyce: [Name protected for legal reasons] [unclear] And, er [name protected for legal reasons], they’ve been doing it for years.

Allardyce: You can still get around it. I mean, obviously the big money’s here.

“They’re all about making money aren’t they?"

The former Sunderland manager, who left his post at the Stadium of Light to become England boss, blasted the FA for being money-hungry and said the decision to spend £870 million on building Wembley Stadium was “stupid”.

“They’re all about making money aren’t they? You know the FA’s the richest football association in the world? Well, I shouldn’t say that,” he said in the video. “They’re not the richest at all. What they do is they have the biggest turnover in the world with £325 million.

“They stupidly spent £870 million on Wembley, so they’re still paying that debt off. They completely rebuilt it. If they’d built it anywhere else, it would have cost about £400 million.

“They completely floored it and then rebuilt the new stadium which is fabulous, but that sort of debt is not really what you want. Most of the money the FA make[s] will go to the interest on the debt.”

Conflict of interest

The £400,000 agreement with a football agency firm presents a conflict of interest for an international football manager because it raises the possibility that he is “employed” by a group whose clients could benefit from favourable treatment.

The Telegraph are set to expose more cases of corruption in football in the coming days, including one senior figure at the Premier League club helping to devise a plan to bribe managers.

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